Durango & Silverton RR Pics from August 21-22, 2006


In August 2006, Frank Shoop and I made the trip from Pennsylvania to Colorado with a stop in Indiana to visit EBT #6. The purpose of the trip was to visit the Durango & Silverton, Cumbres & Toltec, and Georgetown Loop, plus the Colorado RR Museum. I shot 35mm slides during the trip and, as you may have heard, about half of them were destroyed during processing. Frank has kindly provided his digital images for this Web site.

August 21, 2006
Before I even got out of bed, Frank went out and shot this work train. Four former East Broad Top hoppers are sandwiched by a pair of tank cars modified for fighting fires. One might ask, how do I know these are East Broad Top cars? Well, the EBT had the only 36" gauge steel hoppers.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
DRGW 476 is seen inside the roundhouse museum at Durango. There is another smaller locomotive inside the museum.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
After the day's two trains have departed, this is the scene of the Durango yard. When the trains are here, it's very busy.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The trains got a head start on us and we drove toward Silverton. We found this nice spot on the highway coming down into Silverton that overlooks the river, the railroad, and Silverton. Isn't this a neat view.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Finally the first train comes into view with 481 leading.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
A wider view makes the train seem like a model.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The train is going about 15 mph, but at this distance it seems slow.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The 481 has passed the wye and is now heading for the station and will come right up into a Silverton street.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
D&S 481 charges over the dusty street in Silverton.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Hot Shot #1 is parked on a siding. It is kept at Silverton for backup. This GE centercab looks similar to the EBT's M-7, but this is not one of the former EBT 55-tonners.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
This interesting vehicle is from the Silverton & Northern RR, which no longer exists. The S&N was one of three railroads that branched off from the DRGW at Silverton.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
This is a track in the Silverton yard with some old freight cars stored on it.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The second train, with D&S 486 leading has come into town and is de-training passengers.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
There are two tracks in this street for when more than two trains are operating.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Once the 486 gets out of the way, 481 backs her train into the street for boarding after turning on the wye.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
He is the one paved street in town. Silverton is a neat little town with many original buildings and dirt streets. There's also one hell of a view from in the valley.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
We stopped at Rockwood to shoot the train on its way back to Durango. Here is one of the DSNG's many speeders. They maintain a large fleet of them for maintenance purposes.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
After a long wait, 481 is chugging up the hill into Rockwood.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
D&S 486 brings the second train into Rockwood during a light shower even with a little sun.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
North of Durango, the 486 charges past a string of EBT hoppers.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
In Durango the train crosses a combination truss/girder bridge.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
August 22, 2006
Today we board the train. One of the highlights of the D&S is the highline. At this location on the line, you are on a narrow rock shelf about 400 feet above the Animas River below.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
This is one of the most popular photo angles at the D&S.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
#486 has a long train behind her.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
A veiw down the valley.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Another view at the highline.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
The train is pretty high up at this location.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Here we cross the Animas River at 7200 ft elevation.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
After passing over the highline, the railroad and the river start to come closer to eachother in elevation again.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
This week was the annual Narrow Gauge Convention. Attendees chartered a doubleheaded train to Silverton. 481 and 482 charge into town beside the first train which is ready to depart.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Those K-36's, I must admit, are impressive. If only EBT #16, #17, or #18 could be operated.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
#480 is preparing to depart Silverton.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
And away they go.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
#493 is a K-37 class, the most powerful type of 36" gauge rod locomotive ever built. The K-36 class was a close second. And guess what...EBT's large mikados, 16-18, come in third. Interestingly, the K-37's were converted from standard guage, so some people may not consider them narrow gauge.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Here's is some of the D&S small freight car fleet in Silverton. Most of it has not been restored.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
We're back on the train and heading down the mountain along the Animas River.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Not far south of Silverton is this abandoned truss bridge. The larger portion is steel, while the far section is wooden.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.
Another of the handful of crossings of the Animas River on the DSNG.
Photo by Frank Shoop Jr.


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